Virginie Efira

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Virginie Efira
Virginie Efira 2016.jpg
Efira in 2016
Born (1977-05-05) 5 May 1977 (age 41)
Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Nationality  Belgium
Occupation Actress, Television presenter
Years active 2005 - present
Patrick Ridremont
(m. 2002; div. 2005)
Partner(s) Mabrouk El Mechri (present)
Children 1

Virginie Efira (born 5 May 1977) is a Belgian and French actress, and anchor on French television.

Life and career[edit]

Virginie Efira at the Molière Award in 2014

She is the daughter of Professor André Efira, hemato-oncologist, and Carine Verelst. Efira is of partial Greek-Jewish descent.[1][2] She was first hired by Club RTL (A Belgian TV channel in the RTL Group) to present a children's show called Mégamix. She went on to present other programmes in Belgium, including A la recherche de la nouvelle Star. In September 2002 she was offered the job of the presenter of Belgian's version of Star Academy. After casting to be a weather girl on France's M6 channel, she was soon pushed into the limelight as one of M6's main public faces, presenting shows such as Le Grand Zap, La saga des ..., Follement Gay, Absolument 80/90, Le Grand Piège and Drôles d'équipes. She was the host of Classé Confidentiel for one year, before replacing Benjamin Castaldi as the host of the popular musical reality show Nouvelle Star for the end of the show's fourth series. She also presents various shows on RTL-TVi (a spin-off channel in the RTL Group). Efira was a guest star on the highly successful French show Kaamelott.

Efira's film career took off in 2004, appearing as Dr. Liz Wilson in the French-language version of Garfield: The Movie, as well as playing Piper in the French version of the 2005 film Robots. In 2012, she won the Audience Award at the 2nd Magritte Awards.[3]

In 2010, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue.

She was married to Patrick Ridremont from 2002 to 2005 when they separated.[4] They filed for divorce in February 2009.[5] She is now in a relationship with Mabrouk El Mechri, with whom she has a daughter, Ali, born 24 May 2013 in Paris.[6] She was granted French citizenship in 2016.


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Africains poids-moyens Vickie Daniel Cattier Short Film
2009 The Barons The Artist Nabil Ben Yadir
2010 Le Siffleur Candice Philippe Lefebvre
L'amour c'est mieux à deux Angèle Dominique Farrugia & Arnaud Lemort
Kill Me Please Inspector Evrard Olias Barco Nominated – Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 La chance de ma vie Joanna Sorini Nicolas Cuche Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival – Best Actress
My Worst Nightmare Julie Anne Fontaine
2012 Hénaut Président Herself Michel Muller
Dead Man Talking Élisabeth Lacroix Patrick Ridremont
2013 Cookie Delphine Léa Fazer
It Boy Alice Lantins David Moreau
Les Invincibles Caroline Frédéric Berthe
Turning Tide Marie Drevil Christophe Offenstein
2015 Caprice Alicia Emmanuel Mouret
Une famille à louer Violette Jean-Pierre Améris
The Sense of Wonder Louise Éric Besnard
2016 Et ta sœur Marie Marion Vernoux
Up for Love Diane Laurent Tirard Nominated – Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Elle Rebecca Paul Verhoeven Nominated — Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
In Bed with Victoria Victoria Justine Triet Magritte Award for Best Actress
Nominated — César Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Lumières Award for Best Actress
2017 Pris de court Nathalie Emmanuelle Cuau
2018 Le Grand Bain Delphine Gilles Lellouche
An Impossible Love Rachel Catherine Corsini
Announced Benedetta Benedetta Carlini Paul Verhoeven


Virginie Efira in 2017
Year Title Role Director Notes
2006-2009 Kaamelott Berlewen, Bohort's wife Alexandre Astier TV Series
2007 Un amour de fantôme Anna Arnaud Sélignac TV movie
Off Prime Herself TV Series
2010 En chantier, monsieur Tanner The Banker Stefan Liberski TV movie
2011 À la maison pour Noël Sarah Christian Merret-Palmair TV movie
2016 La Folle Soirée du Palmashow 3 Herself TV Series
2017 Call My Agent! Herself TV Series -Season 2 Episode 1


Year Title Role Director Notes
2004 Garfield: The Movie Dr. Liz Wilson Peter Hewitt French voice
2005 Robots Piper Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha French voice
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Dr. Liz Wilson Tim Hill French voice
2008 Max & Co Cathy Samuel Guillaume & Frédéric Guillaume
2011 Puss in Boots Kitty Softpaws Chris Miller French voice
2012 Hotel Transylvania Mavis Genndy Tartakovsky French voice
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Mavis Genndy Tartakovsky French voice
2017 Drôles de petites bêtes Huguette the wasp Arnaud Bouron & Antoon Krings
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Mavis Genndy Tartakovsky French voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Virginie Efira at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2010

César Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2017 In Bed with Victoria Best Actress Nominated

Globes de Cristal Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2017 Up for Love Best Actress Nominated

Lumières Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2017 In Bed with Victoria Best Actress Nominated

Magritte Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2012 Audience Award Won
Kill Me Please Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 In Bed with Victoria Best Actress Won
Elle Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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  3. ^ "Magritte : Virginie Efira, la préférée du public". La Libre Belgique (in French). 5 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  4. ^ "La fin d'une belle histoire". La Dernière Heure (in French). 17 August 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  5. ^ Bernard, Sophie (13 February 2009). "Virginie Efira divorce en direct" (in French). Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Virginie Efira est maman". Pure People (in French). 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.


  • This article is based on the translation of the corresponding article of the French Wikipedia.

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